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CCI slaps Rs 1-crore fine on US Google

The fair trade watchdog also directed the company to cooperate in the probe.

Google was penalised by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for ‘non cooperation’ in the pending investigation. According to an official statement on Thursday, Google has been fined Rs 1 crore for failing to comply with the directions of the Director General (DG) seeking information and documents.

Unrepentant about flouting Indian laws, the US technology MNC’s spokesperson said that Google was ‘disappointed by this development’. The DG, the investigation arm of the regulator, is probing a complaint filed by matrimony.com Pvt Ltd and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) against Google, alleging that it was abusing market power in online search and advertising.

‘The CCI also directed Google to cooperate with the investigations by furnishing such other information/documents which may be required by the DG during the course of further investigations,’ the statement issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said. The commission is under the administrative control of the ministry.

‘While we are confident that our products are compliant with competition law in India, we continue to cooperate fully with the Competition Commission of India’s extensive and ongoing investigation. We have not yet received this procedural order but will review it fully once we have,’ the Google spokesperson said in a statement. The case against Google has been before the Competition Commission of India for over two years.
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